Using ChatGPT to Summarise Books/Blogs
another AI post because there aren't enough already
ChatGPT is the latest product offering by OpenAI and I love it. I have been using OpenAI since their original GPT3 public beta launch 3 years ago to DALLE-2 that was launched a couple of months ago. In fact, I use DALLE-2 regularly for every single post that I write to create custom featured images at the start of the post.
I was previously considering actually paying some random artist on Fiverr to create images this for each blog post but that seemed like a lot of work as I would have to pay using fiat and then submit a task every couple of blog posts to make it look cooler. But now I just open up DALLE-2, enter my prompt and pick my favourite out of the four options.
ChatGPT has been making waves recently and its pretty cool that it can just generate really high quality content for free based on a single prompt and keep up with conversations. However it must be noted that it does have its downfalls.
Firstly, ChatGPT can’t recall recent events as its data set is limited up till mid 2021 so it can’t answer questions or provide information about recent events. Secondly, ChatGPT is frequently incorrect. It provides wrong information about historical information and messes things up constantly. So I would take everything it says with a grain of salt until it gets better. Thirdly, ChatGPT is limited as can’t produce content that is considered harmful or violent. How unfortunate.
This is what I think are the main limitations. Here’s what ChatGPT has to say
ChatGPT can be used in a bunch of different innovative and dumb ways as you have probably seen but one interesting way that I found is to summarise books and articles. Of course, the information that ChatGPT gives me could be completely misleading and incorrect but it seems to be mostly right. (just want to emphasise that this is the equivalent of writing about the FTX situation ignoring the whole fraud or writing a biography about Steve Jobs without Apple)
I have tired various book summary apps (their free versions or trials) but could never bring myself to pay for those since I preferred to just read the book myself and come to my own conclusion. I also enjoyed the activity of reading.
But now I can just ask ChatGPT to summarise ANYTHING (as long it was released before 2021). Here is ChatGPT writing a summary of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.
This is amazing and based on a couple of googles, it appears the information provided is all factual. You can then ask ChatGPT to explain more about specific sections and stories and dive deeper into the book. For this example, let’s focus on what Walter Isaacson wrote about Jobs relationship with Bill Gates.
I can’t really blame ChatGPT for being incompetent here as it’s pretty hard to find this information by googling and browsing through the first page of google results.
Anyways this is pretty incredible that it can just spit out summaries of content. Not only that but you can also ask it to create summaries of books and write a blog post or a twitter thread.
Not only that but you can give ChatGPT a long blog post or article and ask it for a summary or review of the quality of writings. The possibilities are endless and I am using it to summarise my blog posts into twitter threads so follow me there to see some terrible ChatGPT tweets
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